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Morningstar reports slowdown in Europe-listed ETF flows

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Lyxor builds out small and mid-cap equity ETF offering

After registering dynamic growth in the first half of the year, demand for Europe-listed ETFs slowed considerably in August, according to Morningstar’s monthly ETF asset flows analysis.

First Trust planning changes to US dividend ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Amundi to launch S&P 500 buyback ETF

First Trust Portfolios Canada is planning to change the name and underlying index of the First Trust AlphaDEX US Dividend ETF (CAD-Hedged) (TSX: FUD), a fund which gives investors exposure to US large-cap equities that pay higher-than-average dividends.

Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

The ongoing price war in smart beta ETF fees has the potential to negatively impact the credit ratings of traditional active asset managers as well as smart beta ETF providers, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.

Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

In our recent research note “Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction” we concluded there was no improvement in returns or decrease in drawdowns, compared to an improvement in the risk-return ratio when using Value & Growth factor exposures. However, the question remains if any of these offer diversification benefits, which is one of the few free lunches in the investment world.

MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

By George Bonne, executive director of equity factor research, MSCI.

In May, we wrote that despite the generally low market volatility that has prevailed this year, investors were paying relatively high prices for downside protection as measured by “options skew” – the difference in implied volatility between an out-of-the-money option and an at-the-money option. Low market volatility largely continued through the summer, but how has options skew behaved – has it fallen to more “normal” levels?

European ETF flows eclipse 2016 total

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Europe-listed equity ETFs saw inflows of $1.6bn during the month, double the amount seen during August 2016.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered $4.3bn in net new assets during August, marking 35 consecutive months of positive net inflows and a record level of $78.3bn in year-to-date (YTD) net gatherings, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. This figure is significantly higher than the $39.9bn in net inflows recorded at this point last year, and $22.6bn more than the $55.7bn gathered during the whole of 2016.

ETF allocations up 70% over five years, finds Charles Schwab

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Heather Fischer, vice president, ETF and mutual fund platforms, Charles Schwab

The importance of ETFs within an average investor’s portfolio has increased substantially over the past five years, according to the 7th annual survey of investor attitudes by Charles Schwab. Heather Fischer, ETF and mutual fund platforms, Charles Schwab, commented: “As investors have become more familiar with the versatility of ETFs, their confidence levels have grown.”

Main launches active sector rotation ETF

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively-managed long/short sector rotation strategy ETF

Main Management ETF Advisors (Main) has launched the Main Sector Rotation ETF (BATS: SECT), an actively managed ETF that utilises a fund of funds structure to invest in other sector-based equity ETFs. The launch marks Main’s debut into the ETF provider space.

FTSE Russell announces changes to the Industry Classification Benchmark

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Creation of official GICS real estate sector to change MSCI- and S&P-linked ETFs

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced changes to its Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), a classification taxonomy used to segregate markets into industries and sectors. The adjustments include real estate becoming the eleventh ICB Industry, as well as a reshuffle of the telecommunications sector to better reflect the present state of industry evolution.

Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

FTSE Russell’s 2017 Smart Beta Investor Survey showed that the Number 1 objective for evaluating smart beta strategies was for risk reduction, followed by return enhancement. Naturally there are many types of smart beta strategies available to investors today, however, they are nearly all long-only products. If equity markets crash, then smart beta products will also crash and would not substantially reduce portfolio risks.